California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Member Biographies


Cindy Gustafson (chair)

Cindy Gustafson

Cindy Gustafson has served as General Manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) since March of 2009. TCPUD provides water, wastewater, parks and recreation services to the entire west shore of Lake Tahoe with a full-time staff of 40 and an annual budget of $9 million. During her 19 years with TCPUD Ms Gustafson also served as assistant general manager, and director of resource development and community relations. In these capacities, she secured grant funding for and administered $30 million in a variety of capital projects. Prior to her career at TCPUD, Ms. Gustafson worked in a several positions in both government and the private sector. She served as a field representative for the Placer County Board of Supervisors, executive director of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Association, and director of community relations for Perini Land and Development.

In addition to her professional career, Ms. Gustafson has served in a wide variety of appointed and elected positions requiring complex public policy strategies. Most recently she served four years on the California Fish and Game Commission, appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Prior to that service, she was twice elected to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees. U.S. senators Reid and Feinstein appointed Ms. Gustafson to serve on the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory Committee to provide local leadership into the complicated land use decisions and projects of federal agencies. She was also selected by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency Board of Directors.

Gustafson earned a bachelor's of arts degree in social science with minors in history and psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. In addition to a secondary teaching credential, she has earned certificates in management, leadership and special district administration. Ms. Gustafson has continued to pursue her interests in education, land-use planning, and sustainable economic development as a volunteer on a variety of volunteer boards including the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, and the Tahoe City Advisory Council.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

William (Bill) Anderson has been president and chief operating officer of Westrec Marinas since 1989. Westrec Marinas is the nation's largest owner and operator of waterfront marinas. Anderson previously worked for the National Park Service as part of the management team that established the Golden Gate and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Areas. During that time, he worked with federal, state and local land management agencies, private land trusts and environmental organizations in developing complex land management strategies to preserve open space while providing for balanced public use.

Anderson is a past member of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. He has also served as a board member of the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation and is the past President of the Association of Marina Industries. He was appointed to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the central coast, north central coast and south coast study regions. Anderson is a graduate of Penn State University's Recreation and Park Management program.

Meg Caldwell

Meg Caldwell

Meg Caldwell is a member of the faculty and serves as director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program at Stanford Law School. She is also Interim Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions whose mission is to elevate the impact of science on ocean policy. In May 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Caldwell to the California Coastal Commission, where she served as its chair December 2004-2006. She was previously counsel to MicroClean, Inc., an instructor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at San Jose State University, and an associate in the environmental law group at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen. She was a policy analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a national fellow research assistant for the Hoover Institution.

Caldwell previously served on the boards of San Francisco Baykeeper, the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, the Coyote Creek Riparian Station, and the City of Saratoga Planning Commission.

Caldwell is a member of the California State Bar and the American Bar Association. She was first appointed by the California secretary for resources to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the central coast and was reappointed for the north central coast and south coast. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School.

Roberta Reyes Cordero, J.D.

Roberta Cordero is a professional peacemaker and mediator, specializing in intercultural, workplace, and local community conflict management training and mediation. With degrees from the University of Washington School of Music and the University of Washington School of Law along with extensive dispute resolution training, she has been working for 23 years with local government, state and federal agencies. She provides mediation, facilitation, and training in conflict resolution, historic trauma issues, workplace conflict management, and collaborative procedures for numerous tribes, tribal entities, and government agencies. She also provides training in best consultation practices.

Ms. Cordero is a past member of many stakeholder-based councils, e.g., the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council where she successfully advocated for principal and alternate seats for the Chumash community. She also participated in Common Ground, a Gaviota Coast Discussion Group, and Arroyo Burro Watershed Discussion Group, both in the Santa Barbara area. She remains active in environmental and land use issues impacting her Chumash homeland. As a recent member of the MLPA Initiative's South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group, her outreach to and collaboration with the many coastal California Native tribes was essential to their participation in the stakeholder process. She is a Practitioner-Educator member of the nationwide Association for Conflict Resolution and is also active in the Native Network of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

As a traditionally oriented Chumash woman and an enrolled member of Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, Ms. Cordero is deeply involved in the revitalization of Chumash indigenous maritime culture. In 1996 she co-founded Chumash Maritime Association and was one of several builders of the traditional Chumash canoe, ‘Elye‘wun (Swordfish). She continues her involvement in Chumash and other indigenous canoe and cultural events, and practices traditional crafts and native plant use. She is frequently called upon to speak about the tribe's indigenous maritime culture.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd

Catherine Reheis-Boyd

Catherine Reheis-Boyd was appointed president of the Western States Petroleum Association January 1, 2010. She oversees the trade organization's operations and advocacy in six western states – California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.

Ms. Reheis-Boyd has been affiliated with WSPA since 1990 and previously was the association's executive vice president. She served as chief operating officer and managed WSPA's personnel as chief of staff since March 2003. She has managed a broad range of association activities, including climate change and low carbon fuels, renewable fuels and alternative energy issues in WSPA's six states, and beyond those borders into Canada and abroad.

Ms. Reheis-Boyd's many accomplishments include serving as a key industry spokesperson to the media on climate change and other politically relevant public policy topics; providing numerous presentations and high-level briefings on a wide range of complex subjects; and, leading industry advocacy efforts on important issues such as adequacy of energy supplies, ports and infrastructure, goods movement and fuel reformulations.

She previously chaired the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Blue Ribbon Task Force, to which she has been appointed three times and on which she continues to serve. She is a member of, or advisor to, climate change policy panels and regulatory agencies in all six WSPA states.

Ms. Reheis-Boyd received her bachelor's of science degree in natural resource management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and pursued post-graduate studies in environmental engineering at the University of Southern California.

Gregory F. Schem

Gregory F. Schem

Gregory F. Schem is president and chief executive officer of Harbor Real Estate Group, specializing in marina and waterfront real estate investments, including a marina, fuel dock, and boat yard in Marina del Rey, in addition to other California assets. Schem has had a successful career in the national real estate market as an investor, developer and manager, including the re-development of loft residential units and hotels in Los Angeles, marinas, office buildings, shopping centers and industrial facilities. Schem has acquired in excess of $2.5 billion in real estate assets on behalf of private and public pension funds, banking institutions, and private investment groups. He has negotiated complex ground leases, achieved entitlements, and secured regulatory approvals from the California State Lands Commission, County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, California Coastal Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Catalina Island Conservancy and Island Company.

An avid yachtsman and sport fisherman, Schem has fished, cruised, and scuba dived extensively throughout the United States and Mexico. He currently serves on the Marina del Rey Design Guidelines Task Force and has just completed the pro bono development of a new pier on Catalina Island for the Boy Scouts of America. He is an assistant scoutmaster, major sponsor of the Pacific Palisades "Movies in the Park," and an ambassador member of the executive board for the West Los Angeles County Council-Boy Scouts of America. He was first appointed to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force for the south coast study region.

Schem earned his bachelor's of science in chemistry from the State University of New York and his master's in business administration from Cornell University. As an undergraduate student, Schem was an intern at the New York Ocean Science Laboratory at Montauk, where he co-published his work in analytical chemistry.

Jimmy R. Smith

Jimmy R. Smith

Jimmy Smith is a fourth generation Humboldt County resident and third term Humboldt County supervisor. Smith was a forty year commercial and recreational fisherman operating his 50 foot fishing vessel out of Humboldt Bay. In addition to his fishing career he represented fishermen on regulatory, water and fishery restoration issues.

Smith trained in salmon restoration and management processes under the guidance of the California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and Humboldt State University. He conducted regular stream surveys in Humboldt Bay tributaries and documented salmon and steelhead trout returns. Due to his interest in Arctic Geese, Smith started volunteering in 1991 with the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Alaska Science Center monitoring Black Brant in Humboldt Bay. In 1993 he was hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and worked at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge where he continued the Black Brant Project, banded waterfowl and worked on the refuge fishery management plan.

In 1995 Smith ran for a seat on the board of commissioners for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation & Conservation District and worked for protection of natural resources, harbor safety and recreational access improvements. In 2000 Smith was elected to the district one Supervisor's seat which includes South Humboldt Bay, the Eel Delta and the Lost Coast; his current term ends in 2013.

Virginia Strom-Martin

Virginia Strom-Martin

Virginia Strom-Martin's roots are five generations strong and lie deep in the north coast of California. A life-long resident of Sonoma County, she has extensive knowledge of, and an abiding respect for, the history, natural resources and ever-changing economic challenges facing California's north coast counties. Before election to the California State Assembly in 1996, Strom-Martin was active as both a teacher and community leader, including 24 years at Wright Elementary School District, a state council representative for the California Teachers' Association, and president of the Sonoma County Educator's Council.

In the assembly Strom-Martin chaired the Assembly Education Committee, chaired the 34 member Women's Legislative Caucus, and was a co-chair of the conference committee that negotiated the nation's largest school facilities bond and provided $25 billion for long overdue school construction and remodeling. As chair for the budget on resources, Strom-Martin led budget efforts to secure much needed funding for land acquisition, recycling, watershed restoration, fisheries and state parks. She chaired the Joint Legislative Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture from 1998-2002, was named 2000 Legislator of the Year by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the Institute for Fisheries Resources, and was given the coveted Golden Trout Award by California Trout.

Strom-Martin earned her BA degree in Art from the University of California at Berkeley and a Teaching Credential and MA in Counseling at Sonoma State University. For the past 33 years she and her family have lived on the Russian River in the hamlet of Duncans Mills. Presently she is a board member for the Russian Riverkeeper. During the week she works in Sacramento as a legislative advocate for the Los Angeles Unified School District.